In my lifetime of football experience with Liverpool, I have played with, treated, coached and managed a host of great players and it has always been a temptation for me - and others - to choose my best all-time team. I now succumb to the temptation and commit this 4-2-4 line-up to print:
Ray Clemence Phil Neal Mark Lawrenson
Ron Yeats Emlyn Hughes Kenny Dalglish
Graeme Souness Ian Callaghan Kevin Keegan
Roger Hunt Billy Liddell Ian St John (sub)
Click on their pictures to view their profile at LFChistory.net.
"There are five things generally accepted to be necessary to make a footballer: skill, strength, stamina, speed and flexibility. You have to bear these factors in mind when you are putting together your training programme. The whole scene is a stamina test, a marathon race. Strength has to be developed from the start. You build that up, giving the player a higher resistance to things. Skill comes next, developed with a constant repetition of pattern. Speed comes after you've run them in. Then you start to get them stretching out. Flexibility is important, and we probably suffer in this country because of our climate. It's a well-known fact that players performing in warmer climates have a wider range of movements."
Bob Paisley details what a footballer needs